Give me, O God, the wisdom that I need
To mold the tender lives within my care;
Give me the power that I may gently lead
Them into righteousness--true joy is there.
I ask for them no rainbowed path of ease;
I ask for them no store of wealth or fame;
I only ask that by their lives they please
Thee and the world with an untarnished name.
I know that man is weak, and life is strong,
And sometimes honest roads look very drear;
That winning laurels often takes too long
And luring vistas from all sides appear.
But while my young are still beneath my wing,
God, help me guide them right in everything.